25 Jan How to make a Pirilana duvet
Why do we make wool quilts?
In Spain we know wool very well. It is part of our present but also of our past, of our childhood in which they dressed us in woolen sweaters and covered us with heavy blankets to protect us from the cold, do you remember?
Today things have changed; but the great properties of wool remain the same.
In order not to lose this legacy; we decided to make quilts, but much lighter and more comfortable that continue to provide us with the benefits of wool.
Our quilts are filled with authentic 100% organic merino wool and padded with excellent quality cotton satin; these raw materials and the best finishes make our quilts so special.
We are very excited to share with you what the manufacturing process is like; in which different professionals and specialized craftsmen participate who put their time, passion and effort in obtaining a product with many properties and health benefits.
Everything begins in the middle of nature; with the work of the shepherds and shepherds, who with their noble and self-sacrificing profession, dedicate long days to the care of these animals that graze freely among the mountains and meadows of our country.
Selecting the wool to obtain the best quality requires a lot of experience and knowledge about the product. Currently there are about 200 different breeds of sheep; being merino wool native to the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa.
Why look any further when you can use a local product of excellent quality?
Our merino wool differs from other wools for its special fineness, softness and because it does not itch. We also use virgin wool; that is, it comes directly from the animal without having been recycled from other processes, therefore of higher quality.
Once spring comes it’s time to shear the sheep; a process similar to cutting our hair, and usually lasts from May to June.
A sheep can produce between 900 gr and 13 kg of wool per year (it depends on factors such as age, breed, diet …)
But on average we will say that the fleece of 7 sheep is needed to get about 15 kg of wool; and of each kilo sheared, only ½ kilo useful will remain after being washed.
Washing and drying
This process is essential to achieve a fine and soft wool.
Wool has impurities (vegetable remains, sand, earth, grease …); of the places where the sheep has been … so that its dirt will depend on the environment of the animal and how it has been cared for.
At Pirilana we always wash wool with vegetable soaps; to avoid water contamination and in no case are chemicals used to bleach or wash it. That is why we have the OEKO TEX 100 Standard certificate; which guarantees that no chemicals have been used in any part of the process.
Once washed, the wool is dried in the air avoiding heat so that the fibers do not shrink.
After washing and drying the wool, a fundamental step begins; carding, which is the process by which the wool fibers are arranged in parallel.
This process allows the fibers to join each other and maintain their shape despite use and washing, it is done by carding machine or manually by repeatedly combing the wool with cards or a special brush.
This process will give the wool a fluffy and soft texture to make really light quilts.
The first step is to cut the outer 400 TC cotton satin fabric in successive layers on the cutting bench. Our clothing is handmade and this operation is carried out by hand.
For the exterior we use a satin cotton of the highest quality 400TC (number of threads) because the more threads a fabric has, the more quality and resistance it offers. In addition, satin is an extremely soft cotton that is easy to iron.
Making a quilt begins by laying the bottom layer of fabric on the table. Then the wool layer is placed on the fabric and on top we put the next layer of fabric.
Then all the layers are padded together with the desired design; a delicate process that has to be done correctly to preserve the softness of the carded wool.
Once padded; the excess part is trimmed and the trims or edges are sewn; These excellent finishes give the quilt the final touch that sets it apart and allows us to offer you a superior quality item.
From the quilting workshop, they arrive at our workshop where we pack them with our Furoshiki bags and the lavender bag so that you can keep your quilts in summer.
As you can see; Manufacturing our merino wool quilts requires a long artisan and manual process. We select excellent wool and cotton, guaranteeing a final product of the highest quality that makes us so different; 100% natural, free of chemical and toxic substances.
The end result you have to prove; Only then can you enjoy the experience of sleeping with Pirilana and you will see that you will not want to get out of bed!